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Author Archive: Msgr. Charles Pope

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A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief

June 21, 2015 20 Comments
A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief

There are many reasons for the unbelief rampant in our times. Among them is the claim by some that because they do not see or hear evidence of God or an afterlife, our belief in these is just wishful thinking on our part so as to avoid the conclusion that everything ends with our death, that this world is […]

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My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

June 20, 2015 1 Comment
My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today is something of a storm journal, a kind of picture of the Christian life as we journey through a stormy world against winds contrary to the gospel. There are distinctive stages, beginning with the call of Jesus to cross to the other shore. But as we cross there are surely storms and difficulties […]

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Of Our Guardian Angels and the Care of the Father – As Seen in a Commercial

June 19, 2015 8 Comments
Of Our Guardian Angels and the Care of the Father – As Seen in a Commercial

With Father’s Day approaching, the commercial below seems very appropriate. God the Father is surely the origin of all fatherhood here on Earth. And yet most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen. Why does he not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and […]

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Family and Friends Lost in Cyberspace? Try This Handy Device to Reestablish Contact!

June 18, 2015 3 Comments
Family and Friends Lost in Cyberspace? Try This Handy Device to Reestablish Contact!

One of the great paradoxes of the modern age is that we have so many ways to communicate, yet seem to have so little in the way of authentic communion, friendship, and relationship. A look down the sidewalk, or in the subway, or even in restaurants will reveal people lost in their devices: texting, checking […]

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On the Martyrdom of Evangelization

June 17, 2015 9 Comments
On the Martyrdom of Evangelization

A reading from Monday of this week (the 11th Week in Ordinary Time) reminds us once again of the cost of the gospel. St. Paul speaks plainly of the suffering he endured to deliver the Good News for us: … afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in the […]

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On Reverence and Reserve in the Holy Liturgy – A Meditation on an Instruction by St. Cyprian

June 16, 2015 15 Comments
On Reverence and Reserve in the Holy Liturgy – A Meditation on an Instruction by St. Cyprian

In the Office of Readings we are currently sampling from a treatise on the Lord’s Prayer by St. Cyprian. One of those readings earlier this week offered some cautionary notes on what might be termed “reverential reserve” when celebrating the Sacred Liturgy. Before quoting St. Cyprian, I’d like to make some observations regarding the role of culture and history. Of course, dear […]

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Pray for the Living and the Dead – A Meditation on the Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy

June 15, 2015 13 Comments
Pray for the Living and the Dead – A Meditation on the Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy

What is the value of one prayer? I suspect it is far greater than any of us imagine. Prayer changes things, sometimes in obvious ways, more often in subtle and even paradoxical ways. But prayer is surely important, even when we don’t experience its immediate effects. Perhaps this is why Jesus taught us to pray […]

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A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn

June 14, 2015 11 Comments
A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn

There is a lesser known hymn, at least in Catholic circles, that is remarkably appropriate for our times. It challenges us to see the choice before us soberly, and encourages us with the fact that the victory is already ours if we choose Christ Jesus. In times like these we need courage and conviction; this […]

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